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change. >> pelley: and what happens when an economy collapses? mark phillips takes us to a place where carrots have become a means of exchange. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the highest ranking office in the cabinet is secretary of state, and presidents almost always get their choice. but late today, susan rice, believed to be the president's first choice to succeed hillary clinton, withdrew her name from consideration. rice is u.s. ambassador to the united nations. her chances of becoming secretary of state were undermined before she was nominated because of something that she said in september. bill plante is at the white house for us tonight. bill? >> reporter: scott, that's right. and sources close to the white house and to susan rice tell us that both she and the president concluded this was not a fight worth having.
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republicans challenged rice's explanation of the september 11 attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya, that killed ambassador chris stephens and three others. five days after that attack, rice appeared on "face the nation"." >> we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude this was premeditate or preplanned. >> reporter: republicans, led by john mccain, charged that the administration already knew that it was a planned terrorist attack. >> it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> reporter: in november, rice testified behind closed doors on capitol hill, but her critices, like senator lindsey graham, were unrelenting. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before that 16th september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya. ambassador rice, i think does not do justice to the reality at the time, and, in hindsight, clearly was completely wrong. >> reporter: last month, the president defended rice with a
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rare flash of public anger. >> when they go after the u.n. ambassador, apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem. >> reporter: but today, in a phone conversation with the president, rice bowed out, saying as she told nbc news that she was saddened things had reached this point. >> ...because i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive. >> reporter: president obama accepted her withdrawal, then said her decision demonstrates the strength of her character and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. the president said he was grateful rice would continue to serve at the u.n. and that he regretted the attacks on her. scott, when rice failed to win over critics like republican john mccain and lindsey graham, in private, her chances for confirmation withered away.
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>> pelley: bill, thank you. bob schieffer is our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation." bob, the president said it's unfair. why did ambassador rice withdraw? >> reporter: well, i'll tell you, scott, susan rice really had no choice, nor did the administration. key senate republicans quietly passed the word to vice president biden last week that it was going to be all but impossible for her to be confirmed. biden was told there was virtually no support for her among republicans and that some democrats were also beginning to question whether she was the best choice. when i spoke to rice myself recently, she, too, seemed to be wavering about whether she really wanted the job. i would want to talk to them. it would be a family decision. her withdrawal will make it easier now for secretary of state who is due to testify about that benghazi episode next week on capitol hill. senator lindsey graham, who was one of the main critics told me
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tonight her withdrawal is not the end of the controversy. he told me the administration is still inexplicably stonewalling, "and we still want some answers." it's not known who the president will now nominate to replace hillary clinton, but republicans and democrats said tonight the nominee who would be most easily confirmed is massachusetts senator john kerry. >> pelley: bob, thank you very much. busy at the white house today. the speaker of the house met with the president to try to break the budget deadlock. in about two weeks, as you know, most americans will see a big tax increase, and there will be massive spending cuts unless another way is found to reduce the red ink in the budget. mr. obama wants to raise taxes on the top 2% of americans, and that would include married couples earning more than $250,000. nancy cordes is at the capitol tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the president and speaker boehner met at the white house this evening for about 50 minutes. we're told the conversation was
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frank, but before he headed to the white house, speaker boehner gave this grim assessment of the state of talks right now. >> here we are at the 11th hour, and the president still isn't serious about dealing with this issue right here. it's this issue: spending! >> reporter: white house aides say the president has proposed $600 billion worth of cuts. in an interview with cbs' minneapolis affiliate wcco, the president said no deal is possible unless speaker boehner agrees to let the low bush tax rates expire for the top 2% of u.s. households. >> the big problem right now is that republicans in the house are resistant to the idea of the wealthiest americans paying higher tax rates. >> reporter: boehner wasn't swayed. why are you holding out for a tax cut for the wealthy that most americans, even many wealthy people, say we shouldn't have? >> raising tax rates will hurt small businesses at a time when
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we're expecting small businesses to be the engine of job creation in america. >> reporter: speaker boehner is headed to ohio for the weekend, so there will be no more face- to-face meetings for now. white house aides say the lines of communication remain open, but, scott, we haven't been informed of any progress. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. there's another fiscal deadline at the end of the year: two million americans will lose their unemployment benefits. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: outside boston, life is not exactly turning out the way 57-year-old carol green expected after 25 years of work in retail and health care. >> my boss sat down with me and told me that i did a wonderful job and that my job was eliminated-- nothing personal, just business. >> reporter: that was a year ago. she got $515 a week from massachusetts for six months. a federal program extend those checks.
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but a few weeks ago, she got a letter from the government. >> the nuts and bolts of it was that it didn't matter how long your extension was, as of the 29th, because of the fiscal cliff, your benefits were ended. that's it, boom. >> reporter: done. >> done deal. >> reporter: the federal program that extends unemployment benefits would cost $30 billion next year. critics say that's too much for any serious deficit reduction plan. what is this going to mean to your life? >> i have enough money, probably, to last me through january. >> reporter: so what are you going to do? >> i don't know. >> reporter: are you scared? >> very scared. people across the country are in my situation. everybody's wondering. you just don't know. >> reporter: after 26 years in her home, carol green decide her only option was to pack up and put it on the market. in two weeks, she's heading to minnesota to move in with her
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daughter. did you ever think... >> in a million years? not in a million years did i ever think i would ever be in this situation, that my daughter would be supporting the household until i was resituated with another job. >> reporter: advocates for extending benefits say the unemployed spend most of that $30 billion, that stimulus supports 400,000 jobs. of course, opponents argue those same benefits are an incentive for the unemployed to turn down jobs, scott, that don't pay as well as their old jobs. >> pelley: jim, thanks very much. the syrian civil we're may have reached a turning point today. the dictatorship's best ally said for the first time the rebels are gaining and president bashar al-assad could lose. russia even talked about evacuating its citizens. the war started nearly two years ago as a popular uprising. 40,000 people have died. in afghanistan, an american soldier and two afghans were killed by a car bomb today.
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it happened near the u.s. airbase at kandahar a few hours after defense secretary leon panetta left there to meet with afghan president karzai. taliban attacks have grown more frequent, causing a sharp rise in civilian casualties. clarissa ward found a place where many of those lives are saved or lost. >> reporter: every patient who arrives here is a casualty of war. this nonprofit trauma hospital goes by one name: emergency. it offers free treatment to the bruised and bloodied victims of this conflict. regardless of whether they're taliban or what their political affiliations are? >> of course. otherwise, you're not a doctor anymore; then are you a judge. >> reporter: dr. gino strada is the chain-smoking italian cardiologist who founded emergency in 1999. he told us he has seen a dramatic shift in the types of
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injuries he treats-- fewer bullet wounds and many more from roadside bombs and heavy weapons. >> the weapons which are now used much more powerful and destructive than those that were available ten or 15 years ago. >> reporter: this year, the hospital has treated nearly 2,000 patients, an all-time high-- the vast majority, civilians. and this is from shrapnel? five-year-old shayr mohammed's wrist was fractured and his arm burned when he was hit by shrapnel. his injuries have healed well. not all children are so lucky. this young boy had picked up what he thought was a toy, and it exploded in his pocket. by the time he arrived in emergency, there was nothing the doctors could do. "we live in a place where insurgents and police are
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shooting at each other all the time," his uncle told us. >> so the fighting is becoming more and more close to the capital, and it is becoming more intense. and this is very-- i mean, it's very worrying because it's very difficult to predict what is going to happen in the near future. >> reporter: as nato troops prepare to pull out in 2014, there are fears that the security situation could deteriorate further and that afghanistan's health care system will be overwhelmed. the u.s. has spent nearly $1 billion on health care here in the last ten years, but dr. strada told us there is little to show for it. >> what worries me is corruption in the health sector. i mean, if you look at the amount of international aid that has come to afghanistan for health, you would expect to find
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fantastic hospitals everywhere, and you don't see one. >> reporter: but there's no shortage of patients, and the war outside emergency's walls rages on. clarissa ward, cbs news, kabul. >> pelley: a high school is taking on its obesity problem and winning, and scientists take the measure of one of the biggest sequoias-- when the "cbs evening news" continues. measure measure of one of the biggest sequoias when the cbs evening news of one of the biggest sequoias continues. like pain, morning ss and progression of joint damage. it's helped new ra patients and those not helped enough by other treatments. do not take orencia with another biologic medicine for ra due to an increased risk of serious infection. serious side effects can occur including fatal infections. cases of lymphoma and lung cancer have been reported.
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>> pelley: a health study says obesity is killing three times as many people around the world as malnutritioon. seth doane tells us about a missouri high school fighting the problem. >> hi, brandy, how are you? >> reporter: spend a minute in the nurse's office at truman high school in independence, missouri, and you'll immediately notice something troubling. what problems are you seeing? >> we see type two diabetes, high blood pressure. people with joint pains, arthritis, stre swrierkt depression. from being above a healthy weight >> reporter: school nurse lori halsey tells us 40% of students at truman high were overweight or obese. two years ago, he was part of a district-wide program to test students' body fat. >> you worry where they are going to be in the future.
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>> we have a major issue in kids because what they're eating, what they're not eating, the lack of exercise. this is a crisis in our country. >> reporter: the crisis that school superintendent jim hinson saw in his school. through higher rates of absenteeism, illness, and lower test scores. he attacked the problem with mandatory nutrition classes in grades k-12. >> at the >> how many of you use a measuring cup? >> reporter: at the gym, they know the record students' levels, and, in the cafeteria, chicken that was fried is now baked. salads are always on the menu. >> i didn't she so well. i didn't have a good night's sleep last night, either. >> >> reporter: this 17-year-old seen suffers from the same weight-induced asthma that killed her father. >> i think slowly but surely the message will hit home and kids will start eating healthier. but like, you can't did this by yourself. it's so easy to fall back. >> reporter: in the last year,
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she's made a start, losing nine pounds so far. >> if kids can't be healthy, they can't be successful. so if we give them the tools they need in education they can take it home. >> it's the first time the life- expectancy for kids is less than ours. that has to change. >> reporter: at the district's grade schools, test scores are up and asthma cases are down, and at truman high, obesity rates have dropped 10% over the last two years. the changes they've made here are showing results. seth doane, cbs news, independence, missouri. >> pelley: the stars were out last night... >> ♪ who are you... >> pelley: ...raising millions for sandy relief. that story is next. ide [ male announcer ] feeling like a shadow of your former self?
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spain is in a financial crisis. the economy in recession, the government in debt, unemployment at 26%. it's a crisis that was threatening to put theaters out of business. but as mark phillips found, one theater owner got an ingenious idea straight out of bugs bunny. >> reporter: in other places, theatrical production may be about drama and song. in spain right now, though, they are also about vegetables. specifically --
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>> carrots. >> reporter: -- carrots, the humble root which may determine whether quim marce's theater in the town of bescano, north of barcelona, lives or dies, and a lot of others, too. why? because the spanish government has recently just about tripled the sales tax on theater tickets. and quim feared that no one would ever fill these seats, until he made a discovery while out shopping. the tax on carrots is 4%. the tax on theater tickets, 21%. quim marce did the math. food for the body, 4% tax. food for the soul, 21%. there had to be a way to bridge the gap. there was. quim doesn't sell tickets now. he sells carrots, expensive ones. >> thirteen euros, one carrot. >> reporter: you pay $17 for the carrot, you get the ticket for nothing.
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>> the ticket is free. >> reporter: for every carrot you buy, you get a free ticket. >> yes. >> reporter: it's not really a laughing matter. theaters, movie houses and museums across the country are all being hit by the new tax and are looking seriously at the carrot caper. why should they be hit, they ask, when sports entertainment like soccer is still taxed at a much lower rate? the tax man hasn't challenged the carrot loophole yet. if he does, quim has another idea. >> potatoes, eggs... >> reporter: on second thought, though, in a theater, maybe not eggs. don't like the show, they can throw them. >> no eggs. [ laughter ] >> reporter: spain needs innovative thinking to get out of its economic mess. quim marce is providing some. mark phillips, cbs news, bescano, spain. >> "that's all, folks!" for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. fire guts a south bay business and the column of smoke could be seen for miles. now smoldering walls are all that's left of a precision parts maker just north of warm springs. the fire consumed cnh enterprises on boggs terrace between warm springs boulevard and i68. mark sayre is live in fremont where fire crews had to pull back for safety reasons. >> reporter: fire crews remain here on the scene and we have seen some hot spots popping up here within the last hour. take a look. you can see the remnants of the smoke on the roof four hours
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after the original report. the fires calls came in around 2 p.m. callers from all over the south bay saw the mass up plumes of black smoke. this is cnh enterprises a precision manufacturing fabricating and welding company. because this building uses chemicals in its work, fire authorities issued a "shelter in place" order for nearby businesses and homes due to the potential danger from the smoke. that order has since been lifted. that of course is good news. employees of the company say about 90 people work here but due to various shifts not everybody was on duty when the fire broke out. >> jay came running into the office, i could see the smoke billowing over the roof to the front. he said call 911, we have a fire and it got worse. >> reporter: did everyone get out? >> everyone got out safely. >> reporter: now, fire investigators say they have only been able to look into the building from around the edges. the battalion chief in charge right now


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